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15 Remote California Inns Close to Nature

The global pandemic has spurred a renewed focus on wellness travel, and for nearly half of today’s travelers that means getting outdoors to enjoy a closer connection with nature. When you add in recent trends toward more remote destinations away from crowds, it’s clear that secluded boutique inns are a more popular choice than ever before. Among the many appealing attributes of these unique vacation spots is the natural wonder that surrounds them and the opportunities to view wildlife without ever having to leave the grounds. For these California inns, nature awaits just beyond the doorstep, and on-site wildlife viewing is a standard amenity.

Coho Cottages
Coho Cottages

Coho Cottages

Perched on the side of a mountain in the world’s largest Douglas Fir forest, six secluded cottages are sandwiched between the Trinity Alps Wilderness and Redwoods National Park. A quarter mile below, Trinity River—designated a National Wild and Scenic River—flows swiftly through tight canyons and mountain meadows.

Circle Bar B Lodge
Circle Bar B Lodge

Circle Bar B Guest Ranch

This 1,100-acre coastal mountain property just 30 minutes north of Santa Barbara is perfect for an off-the-grid vacation. On-site horseback riding with seasoned trail guides includes views of canyons, creek crossings, and magnificent vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Barbara Channel Islands.

Apple Blossom Inn
Apple Blossom Inn

Apple Blossom Inn Bed & Breakfast

An inviting sundeck with a hot tub overlooks the Oakhurst Valley and the Sierras at this five-and-a-half-acre inn near the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. While on the grounds, guests are likely to see wild turkeys, deer, foxes, and an abundance of other wildlife.

Inn at the Presidio
Inn at the Presidio

Inn at the Presidio and Lodge at the Presidio

While still technically in city, these two inns sit in the heart of The Presidio of San Francisco, a 1,500-acre urban wilderness teeming with wildflowers, watersheds, and wildlife. The park’s 24 trails overlook breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay and host some 300 species of birds.

the farmhouse at Howard Creek Ranch
Howard Creek Ranch

Howard Creek Ranch

This remote and rugged 60-acre ranch is nestled on a far-flung stretch of Mendocino coastline north of Westport. Each season brings a distinct collection of birds and other wildlife, and the relaxing bohemian vibe offers a chance to spend time amid stunning beauty, isolated from the rest of the world.

Lake at Frenchtown Inn
Frenchtown Inn

Frenchtown Inn

This charming 100-acre lakeside retreat offers one of the most tranquil wildlife-viewing experiences in California. A large patio area looks out onto a seven-acre lake that attracts deer, ducks, geese, and egrets. At dusk, the lake becomes still as the stars shine overhead and the frogs and crickets serenade the inn’s guests.

Green Toad Inn Bed & Breakfast
Green Toad Inn Bed & Breakfast

The Green Toad Bed & Breakfast

Occupying 40 acres of private forested land and surrounded by nature in every direction, this remote retreat is nestled in a little-known region of the Sierra Foothills, between the Middle and South Forks of the American River. Abundant wildlife and secret koi ponds surprise guests as they venture through the forest.

Kit Carson Lodge
Kit Carson Lodge

Kit Carson Lodge

While this rustic summer resort is currently closed for the season, it’s never too early to book ahead for its June 2021 reopening. The property sits in the High Sierras on the pine-rimmed shores of Silver Lake, views of which can be seen from many of the rooms’ private decks.

Quiet Creek Inn
Quiet Creek Inn

Quiet Creek Inn

Ten woodsy cottages line Idyllwild’s Strawberry Creek, surrounded by seven acres of National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. On the property and in the surrounding protected lands, guests frequently encounter squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, bobcats, mule deer, and a variety of birds.

Eden Vale Inn
Eden Vale Inn

Eden Vale Inn

Over 50 types of birds inhabit this 10-acre romantic inn nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The grounds feature a scenic pond, around which guests often encounter wildlife that will likely include deer stopping by for a sip in the early morning hours.

Inn at Newport Ranch
Inn at Newport Ranch

Inn at Newport Ranch

With the Pacific Ocean and majestic redwood forests as backdrops, this remote luxury property sits on over 2,000 acres along a 1.5 mile stretch of rugged Mendocino coastline. The bluff-side property offers 20 miles of on-site trails that feel like they’re peering off the edge of the Earth.

The Avalon Hotel
The Avalon Hotel

Avalon Hotel, Aurora Hotel, and Hotel Catalina

Catalina Island is a gateway to one of Southern California’s most dramatic natural areas. With 54 miles of coastline protected from development, nearly 90 percent of the island is a rugged wonderland of unique flora and fauna. Guests can also explore the island’s natural scenery via kayak, bike, hiking, snorkeling, or scuba diving.